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Book Excerpt from Evolution and Medicine

By Robert Perlman | October 1, 2013

In Chapter 11, “Man-made diseases,” author Robert Perlman describes how socioeconomic health disparities arise in hierarchical societies.

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Contributors

By Kate Yandell | October 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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Get a Whiff of This

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2013

An issue devoted to the latest research on how smells lead to actions

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The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873

By Kate Yandell | October 1, 2013

A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.

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Three-Way Parenthood

By Yehezkel Margalit, Michio Hirano, and John D. Loike | October 1, 2013

Avoiding the transmission of mitochondrial disease takes a trio, but raises a host of logistical issues.

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Smell and the Degenerating Brain

By Richard L. Doty | October 1, 2013

An impaired sense of smell is one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and some other neurodegenerative diseases. Could it be a useful diagnostic tool?

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Nobel Laureate Dies

By Abby Olena | September 26, 2013

David Hubel, who helped revolutionize the understanding of visual information processing, has passed away at age 87.

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Different Cancers, Same Mutations

By Ruth Williams | September 26, 2013

Scientists document common genetic alterations in cancers of different origins.

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Citations Predict Nobel Winners?

By Bob Grant | September 25, 2013

Thomson Reuters makes its annual data-based picks for which scientists could collect medals in Stockholm later this year.

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Influential Ecologist Dies

By Kate Yandell | September 24, 2013

Ruth Patrick, who pioneered freshwater pollution monitoring, has passed away at age 105.

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